Comparing Frost's 'The Road Not Taken' and Welty's 'A Worn Road'

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Frost's "The Road Not Taken" and Welty's "A Worn Road" Introduction Frost's "The Road Not Taken" and Welty's "A Worn Road" are two of the most common additions in anthologies of American literature. They both depict quintessential aspects of American life, though in different regions. Moreover, they depict American life in colloquial American language with uniquely American characters. Both works depict the journey of lone travelers on rural forest roads. Thesis: The forest symbolizes uncertainty and is used to illustrate the danger and the possibilities that one will face on a journey. The road itself symbolizes the trials of life out of which individual character is determined. Background "The Road Not Taken," by Robert Frost Robert Frost was one of America's most beloved poets during the twentieth century. He was beloved by popular readership and critics alike. Frost is best known for his depiction of rural life in New England. His poems abound with now-classic images of auburn-colored leaves in the autumn and snow-capped trees in the winter. Frost is also noted for the philosophical nature of his poetry. "The Road Not Taken", written in 1916, demonstrates both of the qualities which Frost is known for. It uses the metaphor of a fork in a forest road to illustrate the way we make decisions in life and how we reflect on those decisions. The poem is written in first-person narrative format, from the perspective of the traveler. "The Road Not Taken"
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